Bucks played their first matches in two years on January 15th. The covid pandemic caused the competition to be abandoned last year and so a welcome return to court was long overdue.
Bucks 1st team, playing in the Premiership, had two matches; against Hertfordshire in the morning followed by Leicestershire in the afternoon. Without the services of two of their top ladies it was down to Bucks’ men to carry the fight to the opposition.
In the match against Hertfordshire they did this to good effect winning two singles and two doubles of the five rubbers played so that when the final two mixed came to court Bucks just needed one to secure victory. In the end they won one and lost one – enough to give them a narrow 6-5 victory over a team containing two Olympic medallists.
In the afternoon match against Leicester the team were unable to repeat the success of earlier in the day going down by 4-7 despite the two mems doubles pairs being undefeated in all their rubbers.
The 2nd team only had one match to play as one of their opponents, Lincolnshire, were unable to field a team. However this meant they were fresh for their afternoon game with Northants which they won comfortably 9-2.